As a result of lockdown earlier in the year, the block of ski lessons at Glasgow Ski and Snowboard Centre arranged by Active Schools was not completed.  The club have a note of all participants names and the sessions that are due back to them. We are very keen to ensure that the children do not miss out and that they can complete their lessons.

I have been in discussions with the ski centre and we plan to re start the lessons in January/February 2021. All families that this affects, will be contacted nearer the time, with the dates for the rearranged session.

Following on from the re-arranged sessions, it is hoped a further block will be organised for existing and new pupils.

If your child is keen to get back to skiing sooner Glasgow Ski Centre may have another option for your child. Please call them during office hours on 0141 427 4991 to discuss otherwise you will hear from me in November with a start date.

Kerry Comerford

Active School Co-ordinator


Horizon Photography will be here next week to take photographs of all our children.  They will be here on Monday 24th, Tuesday 25th & Wednesday 26th August and will take the following options:

  • Individual
  • Sibling
  • Full Class/group photos for all years – not just the usual P1 & P7

The photographers will be here for three days instead of one to ensure they can observe social distancing, provide good quality photos and also include all 15 class/group photographs.  We have therefore divided the days as follows:

  • Monday 24th:                     P1 & P2, siblings and class photo
  • Tuesday 25th:                      P3 & P4, siblings and class photo
  • Wednesday 26th:              P5, P6 & P7, siblings and class photo

All children should wear their full ST JOSEPH’S PRIMARY SCHOOL UNIFORM on the days they will be photographed.


Applying for Clothing Grant / Free School Meals (Session 2020/2021)

Qualifying benefits

Will I qualify? Clothing grant Free school meals
Employment and Support Allowance (Income related) Yes Yes
Income Support Yes Yes
Job Seekers Allowance (Income based) Yes Yes
Child Tax Credit but not Working Tax Credit with a gross or projected annual household income of less than £16,105 for 2019/20 as assessed on your 2020/21 HM Revenue & Customs tax credits award letter ( TC602) Yes Yes
Child Tax Credit and Working Tax Credit with a gross annual household income of less than £7,330 for 2019/20 as assessed on your 2020/21 HM Revenue & Customs tax credit award letter ( TC602) Yes Yes
Child Tax Credit and/or Working Tax Credit with a gross annual income of below £16,105 but above £7,330 for year 2019/20 as assessed on your 2020/21 tax credit award letter from HM Revenues and Customs (TC602) Yes No
Support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999 Yes Yes
Housing benefit Yes No
Universal Credit – where your maximum monthly earned income from employment does not exceed £610 Yes Yes

Apply for Clothing Grant/Free School Meals



  • There will be NO TUCK at morning or lunch interval for the time being
  • Can children in P3 & P4 please bring indoor shoes to leave in class as we have new carpets in these classes (plimsoles are ideal)
  • Parents are NOT permitted within the school grounds at any time unless you have made an appointment to come into school
  • For the first couple of weeks P2 & P3 children will be escorted at home time by their Teacher to the school gates.  Children in P4 to P7 will make their own way to the gate you have agreed to meet them at.  To avoid any upset or confusion PLEASE ensure your child/ren know which gate you will meet them at


Message from Mrs Martin

Dear Parents/ Carers,

At the end of what has been a very unique school year, I would like to thank you. Thank you for supporting our teachers by providing a safe and encouraging learning environment at home for your child. Thank you for learning how to use Google Classroom at such short notice! Thank you for your understanding and constant support and thank you for all your positivity during a period of uncertainty.

I would also like to thank all of the St Joseph’s staff who have worked exceptionally hard over the last few months. They have , as always, gone above and beyond. We have navigated our way through an event that has no blueprint, no right or wrong and we could only do this as a team. Not once did staff question or refuse, they trusted and supported me, I am very blessed to lead such an amazing team.

Our children have been fantastic throughout, engaging in their online learning and sharing their experiences with their teacher through photographs and videos. We have missed them and look forward to August (fingers crossed!) when we can all be together again. When our children return we want to focus on the positive, we don’t want our children carrying their experience of lockdown as a negative. We will ensure our children have a chance to reconnect with their friends and teachers, lost learning will be addressed but at a pace that suits our children.

Attached below is a letter from Mhairi Shaw, Director of Education which provides an update on the current situation.

Have a wonderful summer. I hope the sun returns and you have an opportunity to relax, you have earned it! I look forward to welcoming our St Joseph’s family back on the 12th August.

God bless you

Suzanne Martin

Head Teacher


Letter to parents 26.6.20.doc


As we look ahead towards the new school session in August, we need to ensure continuing provision for the children of those who identify as key workers and require continued access to childcare during this time.

This application process is for key worker children places only.  Ongoing intelligence of school staff and partners will determine the children who are offered increased provision under the vulnerability category.

All parents/carers who currently identify as being a key worker should complete the application form detailing occupations and employers. You will also be asked to identify which key worker category applies to your application.  Where a parent/carer identifies as category 3, a letter of support from your employer will be required.  This letter will confirm the key worker status and the flexibility provided by the employer.  Please note, BOTH parents will require to be key workers to access this provision in a school or early years setting.

The Scottish Government has issued guidance on what constitutes key workers.

Key Workers fall into three categories:

Category 1 – Health and Care workers directly supporting COVID response and associated staff; Health and Care workers supporting life threatening emergency work as well as critical primary and community care provision; Energy suppliers (small numbers identified as top priority already); staff providing childcare / learning for other category 1 staff.

 Category 2 – All other Health and Care workers and wider public sector workers providing emergency / critical welfare services (e.g. Fire, Police, Prisons, Social Workers, etc), as well as those supporting our Critical National Infrastructure, without whom serious damage to the welfare of the people of Scotland would be caused.

Category 3 – All workers without whom there could be a significant impact on Scotland (but where the response to Covid-19, or the ability to perform essential tasks to keep the country running, would be severely compromised).

The categories have been introduced to ensure that frontline health and social care staff can access a place, if required, first.  Places left after this initial allocation will be distributed on the basis of the above categories.  Due to limited space being available in each of our buildings, we cannot guarantee that all applicants will be able to access key worker provision for their child/children.  Please note, the categories remain subject to national guidance and the provision offered may change if advised by the Scottish Government.

To submit a Key Worker Childcare Application form please scan the QR code or click on the link below:-

Please ensure that you complete this application as soon as possible, and by the end of the day on Monday 22nd June 2020, to ensure that we can process these quickly to plan for the next school session.

If you have any difficulty in submitting your application form, you should email and a member of staff within the Education Department will look to resolve the difficulty.


Message from Mrs Martin

Dear Parents/ Carers,

I would like to thank you for your ongoing support and your kind words of reassurance and gratitude that have been sent to us over the last few weeks. Thank you also for providing the support and guidance to your children that we are unable to provide during this difficult time. Thank you to our amazing children who have been so dedicated, engaged, resilient and strong. We know that there may have been difficult moments over the last few months and many of you will have felt overwhelmed, but you have been fantastic and we are still here to support in any way we can.

As I am sure you are all aware, last Thursday the First Minister outlined the first phase of the easing of restrictions. Since then we have been working with East Renfrewshire Council to plan a timeline for June and to start making plans for August. At our in-service day on Tuesday the initial plan and timelines were shared with staff. I would now like to share them with you:


Monday 1st June        –      Senior Leadership Team return to school to plan transitions in June and prepare for August.

  • Facilities management to deep clean school.
  • Health and Safety to undertake risk assessment of building and provide resources and support to ensure Scottish Government guidance on social distancing and hygiene can be fully implemented.


Monday 8th June        –      Staff return to school. This will be a phased approach, staff will only be in certain days to organise classrooms and resources for August.

  • Our hub children will return to St Joseph’s from 9am. Details will be sent to parents/carers currently utilising the hub.


Monday 15th June     –      Transitions will begin for our current Primary 7 moving into Secondary and for our Nursery children coming in to Primary 1.  Details will be sent to parents/carers next week once dates and times have been confirmed.


August 11th                –       This is the date announced by the First Minister as the return to school. More information on August dates and arrangements will be sent to you in June.


Online learning will continue throughout June. Please remember our teachers will have other commitments throughout the month of June in school and may not be as quick to respond as they currently are. We will also be providing more fun activities as we move towards the summer holidays, just as we would in school. From the 1st June you will be able to contact the school by phone as our clerical staff will also return but I would ask that you do not come to the school without prior arrangement.

Currently there are many unanswered questions and I would ask for your patience and continued support as we try to navigate our way through the coming months. We have been tasked with a huge responsibility in making our school safe for our children and at the same time ensuring it is still the loving, nurturing environment that it has always has been. Our St Joseph’s family is strong and determined and we will work together and support each other to achieve this. Your fears and anxieties around returning to school and the easing of the restrictions are completely understandable and shared, and we will try our best to reassure you and your child.

Kindest regards

Suzanne Martin

Head Teacher

St.Joseph’s #HOPE video


Dear St Joseph’s family💙

We HOPE you are all well and enjoying all the learning activities our wonderful teachers are putting online for you every day.

We are missing you all so much.

For the time being, here is something from all the St Joseph’s staff for you to watch.
We HOPE it makes you feel happy and brings a smile to your face! 🌈#HOPE

Please join us on Twitter – @StJosephsERC

  • Music credit to The Glee Cast

Support Networks

We have listed some links to support organisations available.

Support Networks for Parents / Children and Young People


SCRA Coronavirus and your Hearing

Afasic– National charity for Developmental Language Disorders offering advice , information and support.

Autism Toolbox – new Covid 19 information page

British Academy of Childhood Disability

CALL Scotland – symbol resources explaining Covid 19

CHAS – Support for those with life shortening conditions

ENABLE supporting disabled individuals

ENQUIRE: General advice – ASL

Mencap – how to involve children in decision making

PAMIS –Support and services for those with profound and multiple learning difficulties

The Sensory Projects – COVID 19 educational resources for home-schooling

Wellchild – National Charity for sick children

Children and Young People


BSL video with Coronavirus (COVID-19) guidance

BSL glossary of subject terms

BSL – Coronavirus (COVID-19) Social Distancing You Tube

BSL users access to the online British Sign Language video relay interpreting service (VRS) 24 / 7

British Deaf Association Mentoring Officer Email:


Kinship and Foster carers


Kinship Care Scotland

SCRA Coronavirus and your Hearing


Parents and Care Services

Information and guidance for care services and parents about Covid 19/school closures/staffing



Message from Mrs Martin

Dear Parent/ Carers,

Today will be our last day of online learning until after the Spring Break. Our staff will be back online at 9am on Monday 20th April!

Thank you for your continued support, we are trying our best to ensure  learning continues and that we stay connected to our children. As I said previously, use the work being posted in a way that suits the needs of your family during this period. There are no submission deadlines and the work will not be removed.

Over the last few weeks St Joseph’s staff have provided front line service in Netherlee hub, I would like to thank all the staff of St Joseph’s for their continued dedication to our families.

We are missing our St Joseph family very much and we hope to see you all soon.

Have a safe and blessed Easter.

Suzanne Martin

Head Teacher

St Joseph’s Primary School

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